King Kat Super Event Sees Huge Catfish Haul
The winning team holds up their blue catfish catch.
The Cabela?s King Kat Tournament Trail hit the waters of the Ohio River at Vevay, Indiana for the 2-day $10,000.00 Super Event on April 1st and 2nd. Over 120 anglers from 9 different states were competing not only for a part of the $10,000.00 in cash and prizes, but the opportunity to qualify for the 2011 Cabela?s King Kat Classic. This year's Cabela?s King Kat Classic will be held on the Mississippi River at Burlington, Iowa on October 27-28-29, 2011.
"Fishing was tough as the river has fallen over 20 feet in the last 8 days and continued to fall a couple feet during competition. Add high winds and cold temps and it is making fishing tough on everyone. Only half the field weighed fish today and this field is made up of some of the best catfishing anglers in the country! To give you an idea, 10th place is 19lbs and 17th place has 10.1lbs at the end of the first day", said Tournament Director Tanner Tabor.
" We would like to thank Switzerland County Tourism for sponsoring the event as their hospitality was felt by all the anglers", said Tournament Director Tanner Tabor. "Vevay, Indiana is a great town on some great catfishing water, it was just extremely tough conditions this weekend", said Tabor.
This was a very amazing event with the big fish of the event weighing in at 73.65 pounds. That's a big blue catfish! It also shows what an amazing fishery this section of the Ohio River is even with the adverse conditions the river was in after a major flood. For more information call: 1-(800)-435-5688 or visit their website at: www.vevayin.com.
Rob Benningfield and Ed Moore hold up the big fish of the event, a 73.65 pound monster.
Results for the Top 5 Teams
Taking first place was the team Ken and Elzie Lewis of Brooklyn, Indiana and Dale Kerns of Norris City, Illinois overwhelmed the competition with a weight of 223.25 pounds and earning $4,000.00. The 3-person team headed 12 miles downstream of Madison using live shad. They caught 18 fish during the two day competition. They said, "the key was that they found large schools of shad and that the fish were sitting on a nearby ledge". All their fish came directly off the bottom and that most of them were covered in mud.
In second place was Rob Benningfield of Bowling Green, Kentucky and Ed Moore of Louisville, Kentucky with a total 2-day weight of 96.2 pound and earning $2,000.00. Rob and Ed fished just west of Louisville in 25-30 feet of water using skip jack. They had 22 pounds after day 1 and only caught 1 fish on the final day. Ed said, "We only got one, but it?s the right one!". He was right as it was a 73.65 pound blue cat which was big fish of the event that earned them an additional $500.
Third place went to Max Howard of Rising Sun, Indiana and Eean Bailey of Aurora, Indiana with a weight of 81.1 pounds and earning $1,000.00. Max and Eean fished up river 3 or 4 miles targeting tributaries, catching their fish in 6 feet of water on shad. They caught a total of 13 fish during the event.
Willie Smith and Drew Benner of Frankfort, Ohio took fourth place with a weight of 77.7 pounds and earning $750.00. Willie and Drew fished near Aurora in 18-22 feet of water using shad and caught 18 fish over the two days.
Fifth place went to the Bloomingdale, Indiana team of Josh and Jeff Schmeltz bringing in 75.25 pounds and earning $500.00. Josh and Jeff fished near Rising Sun in 10-20 feet of water using shad. They caught 12 fish during the event.
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